LONDON (ICIS)--Here are some of the top stories from ICIS Europe for the week ended 5 January.
PMI hits record high in December
The eurozone manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) ended 2017 at a “series-record high”, according to IHS Markit, with a score of 60.6 recorded in December, in line with an earlier flash estimate.
OUTLOOK ’18: Europe PX,
OX derivative markets keen for prompt,
definitive contract settlements
European paraxylene (PX) and orthoxylene (OX) derivative markets are hoping that 2018 will see the return of more prompt and definitive contract settlements in the feedstock markets.
Outlook ’18: Olefins
players optimistic on Europe’s chances in spite
of new US capacities
Players in the European ethylene and propylene markets are optimistic for 2018, although sources admit that the challenges that were expected but not completely realised in the second half of 2017, could finally come into play this year.
OUTLOOK ’18: European
ABS, SAN markets brace for volatile upstream
costs, demand healthy
European acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) market players expect stable growth but potentially volatile pricing for 2018, with raw materials set to continue influencing prices throughout the year.